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Brazil: Report reveals that China and the EU import soybeans from unregistered farms, driving deforestation

“China, EU are importing soybeans from unregistered Brazil farms: report”, 1st November 2019

…2018 may be the first year in which Brazilian soy exports surpass those of the United States. Analysts think that Trump’s China trade war is likely to hurt U.S. soy farmers, while helping those in Brazil. Image by David E. Mead in the Public Domain.

More than 2.6 million hectares…of soybean plantations…are cultivated on unregistered lands in the Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado biomes and exported to China and the European Union, according to a report released today by supply chain transparency initiative Trase in partnership with the NGO Imaflora…

Considered one of the main drivers of deforestation in the country, soybean is Brazil’s top commodity, with exports valued at more than $33 billion in 2018. But behind this figure are soybean plantations operating on unregistered lands and likely dodging environmental regulations, contributing researcher and agricultural engineer at Imaflora Luis Fernando Guedes Pinto says.

In the Amazon rainforest and in the Cerrado savanna, 12 percent of soybean farms still lack land registration. Yet two-thirds of crops from the municipalities with the highest concentration of these blind spots of Brazilian agriculture are exported, mostly to China and Europe, the study shows, exposing importing countries to a high risk of buying irregular soy…